Fine Wine for the Home Bar


Selecting the Right Wine

Americans are known for embracing fine wines, at least the ones we learn to pronounce. Was it the light, crisp, refreshing taste or the ability to say "White Zinfandel" that propelled sales of the nectar in America? Perhaps a little of both. Many folks are afraid of selecting and serving wine for fear of appearing ignorant or lacking in an important social grace. Don't let this apprehension prevent you from learning, serving and most of all, enjoying the vast array of wines available.

Here we will review the three biggest phobias about wine (according to me):

Lest's start with selection. The overly obvious choice when it comes to selecting wine for the home bar is to stock the varieties that you and your guests enjoy most. Read on for some fun ways to discover what those varieties may be. First, a summery of the bare necessities.

In order to have something for everyone, I like to follow the "red, pink or white" philosophy. Seasoned wine connoisseurs will usually prefer a bold, dry, red wine. This is also the first choice of my Italian friends (and husband). A good Chianti (Italian table wine) is light enough for the less "hard core" connoisseur, while Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are safe choices for those with more discriminating tastes. The later are much dryer and robust than Chianti.

"Pink" varieties such as White Zinfandel and Rose are a combination of both red and white grapes. Although a true wine snob may look down their nose at these varieties, they appeal to the masses. They are light, fruity and sweeter than the reds. Always keep a bottle on hand for the less adventuresome wine taster. These are often a cartelists for people to begin an exploration of wine and may lead them to develop a taste for many other varieties.

White wines cover the gambit from ultra dry to ultra sweet. Light white wine is a perfect compliment to food. Forget about the silly old rule of "red wine for meat and white for fish". Just drink the wine you enjoy with the food you enjoy. As you experiment you will discover the combinations that you like best. The most popular white wines include Pinot Grigio and Chardonay. The latter can be a bit dry for some, while Pinot Grigio is a little lighter and less intimidating. Click CONTINUE for the rest of the article.



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